Stephen Colbert Good Genes or Good Docs?

9/17/2017 12:00 AM PDT

Stephen Colbert -- Good Genes or Good Docs?

Stephen Colbert's good looks are no joke!

Here's a 38-year-old version of the late-night host back in 2002 (left) and 15 years later ... the award-winning comedian and Primetime Emmys host at a play in NYC earlier this year (right). 

Award worthy.

The question is ...